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Banff National Park

Canada's first national park, spanning Spanning 6,641 square kilometres (2,564 square miles) of valleys, mountains, glaciers, forests, meadows and rivers.

Watch the sunset on a riverside stroll or feel the breath of glaciers in the alpine. Take your pick of over 1,600 kilometres (1,000 miles) of maintained trails. Many of the park’s most famous hikes are easily accessible from the Town of Banff and the village of Lake Louise.  

Banff National Park also incorporates historic sites such as Cave and Basin National Historic Site and Banff Park Museum National Historic Site of Canada.

Banff National Park Fast Facts

  • Established in 1885 as Canada’s first National Park (third in the world) and was the birth of Canada’s vast national parks system.
  • Banff is part of the Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • The mountains are around 45 to 120 million years old.
  • The park encompasses Banff, the highest town in Canada at an elevation of 1,384 m (4,540 ft).
  • Banff is home to Alberta’s southernmost herd of the endangered woodland caribou.

For more information visit Banff National Park.

TripAdvisor® Traveler Reviews
5.0 based on 420 reviews
April 13, 2019, by desjarlaisjennifer1
One of the most beautiful places I have ever been to all my travels. The majestic mountains and breathtakingly clear waters around Banff are something you should see at least once in your life time...
“So many great hikes”
So many great hikes
April 13, 2019, by Bill T
My wife and I visited Banff and Jasper August ‘18, and it was nothing short of spectacular. We wanted to take on some challenging hikes and looked up a few that were close to town. We hiked the...
“the most beautiful place I have been ”
the most beautiful place I have been
April 11, 2019, by Exploration758371
This place rivals the Alps for beauty. If you love gorgeous Mountain View’s and/or skiing, this is the place for you.